Hands-On With The Daily (Sure Doesn’t Feel Like The Future of The Newspaper)

first_imgYou can share many (but not all) of the stories from the app to Facebook or Twitter or via email. Recipients will receive a link to that page, which they’ll be able to view even without a subscription. The articles also allow you to comment, with both the written and spoken word. The latter is an interesting if not odd feature. Perhaps the future of the letter to the editor involves angry voice recordings rather than typed missives. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web There are a few irritating usability issues. When you log in to Twitter, for example, the iPad keyboard covers the “post” button. More annoying – other than the table of contents and the carousel, I found navigation through “the news” to be more difficult than serendipitous. There is no “back” button. There is no search. There are no archives.The Recurring SubscriptionIt’s too early to tell how well The Daily will take off, of course, and it may be a little unfair to judge a newspaper’s content and form based on just the first issue. But barring any major improvements to both, I don’t think I’ll subscribe when my first two weeks are up (complimentary, thanks to an agreement with Verizon). It’s not that I’m opposed to subscribing to an online newspaper. I’d pay for a good iPad newspaper. But right now, that’s not what The Daily offers. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img The launch event for Rupert Murdoch’s new iPad-only newspaper The Daily was full of rhetoric about the future of journalism, heralding the app as a “this changes everything” sort of moment. But having had a chance to download and read today’s inaugural issue, it doesn’t seem that the user experience matches the rhetoric. That may not be a surprise as plenty of people have long predicted The Daily would be a flop. But it still feels like a shame, considering the resources (some $30 million from Murdoch himself) that have been poured into the endeavor and considering the promise for a reinvented and reinvigorated journalism.That’s just my opinion, of course, as are these first impressions of the new app:The Content The Daily features six categories: News, Gossip, Opinion, Arts & Life, Apps & Games, and Sports. And as those probably indicate, this makes The Daily rather light on the sort of content I look for in a daily newspaper. Today’s news headlines, for example, involve Egypt, snowstorms, maximum security prisons, a doggie disco, Natalie Portman’s pregnancy, and Superbowl flashbacks. At today’s launch event, The Daily boasted that it would update with breaking news, if necessary, more than just once a day. But as the content from Egypt indicates, this isn’t really a source for real-time updates. There are no reports, for example, of the violence that erupted in the streets of Cairo today.While this broad and general content may be the epitome of “mass media,” it hardly seems like it will fulfill the intellectual curiosity of early adopters – early adopters of online newspapers or of iPads.The DeliveryContent aside (a separation that really can’t be made), the form of The Daily is interesting as it does try to take advantage of the iPad’s multimedia experience. It incorporates not just text but full-color photographs, video, and audio. Switching your iPad from portrait to landscape takes you from the text of a story to accompanying photos – a nice touch, perhaps, if you aren’t one of those people who’ve cursed the loss of the functionality of the auto-lock button.You can “flip” through the stories and images and can also use a slider at the top of each page – a visual browser – to find different stories and new pages. This morning, the app’s new “carousel” feature was touted as a new way to navigate and discover news. What I discovered instead: that feature seems to be the place where the newspaper’s ads are displayed. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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You Are Not the Only One: India Stares at a Loneliness Epidemic

first_imgMost people will presume that throwing a bunch of hangers on the bed is a harmless act of venting. Akanksha Joshi knew it was the tipping point for her. Her mood swings had become more mercurial and she had been lashing out at people close to her or simply shutting herself in her room, watching Netflix for hours.Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

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Steph Curry’s 38 points lead Warriors to Game 1 win over Clippers

first_imgMOST READ Los Angeles played in the final regular-season game at Oracle, then the first playoff game of the last postseason run before the Warriors move to San Francisco and new Chase Center later this year.COUSINS’ NIGHTDeMarcus Cousins fouled out with 7:16 left. He scored nine points in his playoff debut after a nine-year wait and nearly year-long comeback from last January’s devastating torn left Achilles tendon that required surgery.Cousins, who played his first game of the season Jan. 18 at the Clippers, missed twice on the Warriors’ initial three possessions but dunked in between those two. Regularly left wide open on the perimeter, Cousins knocked down a 3 from the top at 9:11.He had nine rebounds and four assists.POISESteve Kerr challenged the Warriors — not to mention himself with a self-acknowledged temper — to be more disciplined yelling at the officials. Green was knocked down by Beverley on a no-call early and became enraged but avoided a technical.“Fans need to understand, it wouldn’t be possible to officiate the games the exact same way in the playoffs as the regular season. The games would take four hours,” Kerr said. Draymond Green got Golden State going by making all five of his shots in the first quarter on the way to 17 points to go with seven assists and seven rebounds, while Durant scored 23 points as the Warriors ran their postseason winning streak to seven games.On one of his marvelous 3s, the two-time MVP knocked one down from way back late in the third, nearly did the splits in the air and landed on his behind — still smiling all the while.Montrezl Harrell scored 26 points and fellow reserve Lou Williams contributed 25 points and nine assists as Los Angeles returned to the playoffs after missing last season following six straight appearances.Beverley, who missed last Sunday’s 131-104 loss at Oracle because of a right hip pointer and was booed during pregame introductions, didn’t score in the first half and wound up with three points on 1-for-7 shooting, seven assists and seven rebounds.He and Durant received double-technicals with 5 minutes left before they got into it again.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Curry shot 8 for 12 from deep to pass Ray Allen (385) for career postseason 3s with 386, had a postseason career-high 15 rebounds, seven assists and the 31st 30-point postseason performance of his career.Perhaps this old, heated rivalry still has all the testiness of years past — just with new faces all around.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThese teams are meeting for just the second time in the postseason after the Clippers took a seven-game, first-round series in 2014 when the California franchises had a deep dislike for each other.Game 2 is Monday night back at Oracle Arena. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Clippers had their own costly moments arguing.Lou Williams and coach Doc Rivers also were heated late in the first half about no fouls being called.Rivers received a technical for his behavior leaving the court at halftime and Thompson shot a free throw before the third quarter began.TIP-INSClippers: The Clippers were 2 of 10 from deep in the first half, when they had only 13 assists. … Los Angeles has lost four straight on the Warriors’ home floor.Warriors: Curry notched his fifth career double-digit postseason rebounding game. … Durant (3,679) passed Dirk Nowitzki (3,663) for 15th place on the career playoff scoring list. … The Warriors have won seven straight postseason Game 1s and 14 of 15 openers in all — going 16-1 in their first game of a series dating to the 2014-15 season. “It does set a good tone but the beauty of the NBA playoffs is it’s a seven-game series. If you lose it’s not the end of the world,” Kerr said. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments D’Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert lead Nets to Game 1 stunner over 76ers LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, celebrates a score while guarding Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams (23) in the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 38 points and made eight 3-pointers to give him the most in postseason history, and the top-seeded Golden State Warriors began their quest for a three-peat by running away from the frustrated Los Angeles Clippers for a 121-104 victory in their playoff opener Saturday on a night tempers flared.Kevin Durant and Patrick Beverley were ejected with 4:41 to go, just 19 seconds after they received double-technicals when Durant stripped Beverley and the Clippers guard fell into the scorer’s table. They both became enraged again and official Ed Malloy immediately sent them both to the locker room. Durant high-fived fans as he exited and the home crowd went into chants of “Beat L.A.!”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Clippers lost their cool on a couple of occasions, and that hurt playing in an already difficult road arena.Danilo Gallinari’s technical in the final minute of the second only further fueled the home crowd, and Curry capitalized as the Warriors ran to a 69-56 halftime advantage.last_img read more

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Jasprit Bumrah’s grandfather Santokh Singh drives an auto to earn living

first_imgIndia star Jasprit Bumrah’s paternal grandfather Santok Singh expressed his desire to meet his grandson after a long gap of 17 years.Santokh Singh, who resides in the Uddham Singh Nagar of Uttarakhand, earns a living by driving an auto rickshaw after moving there from Ahmadabad. The 84-year-old enjoyed success as a businessman early in his career and was assisted by Bumrah’s father. But, the business took an ugly turn once Jasprit’s father passed away.  A happy grandfather said that he is proud of him and wants to meet him.”I am proud of him and wish to meet him (Jasprit Bumrah) once, I have no contact or phone number,” he said.I am proud of him and wish to meet him(Jasprit Bumrah) once, I have no contact or phone number: Santokh Singh,grandfather pic.twitter.com/UJvO00ecfm- ANI (@ANI_news) July 5, 2017Bumrah’s rise in cricket has been sensational. He debuted in the Indian Premier League back for the Mumbai Indians in 2013 but played just two matches and picked up three wickets. He made a name for himself however in the following season due to this ‘slinging’ action and ability to bowl yorkers. He picked up five wickets from 11 matches but his ability to contain runs caught everyone’s eyes.The following two IPL seasons were not that great but he got a call-up for the national side during India’s tour of Australia back in 2016 — the tour were he made his India debut. Since then, he has been a regular in India’s limited-overs squad and has become one of Virat Kohli’s key players.advertisementBumrah had a brilliant IPL 2017, where he picked up 20 wickets from 16 games — helping Mumbai to clinch their record third title in the process. His great form was a boon for India going into the Champions Trophy in England, where the defending champions made it to the finals.However, he got the wicket of Fakhar Zaman off a no-ball and Zaman then went onto score a century, which helped Pakistan beat India by 180 runs in the final. He was blamed and trolled by many fans. Jaipur traffic Police even took it a step further by showing his image on a poster and saying that crossing the line could be dangerous. Bumrah was miffed at that and expressed his disappointment.He has been currently rested for India’s tour of West Indies, where Kohli’s men lead the five-match ODI series 2-1 and will play the last ODI on Thursday and a single T20I match on July 9.He has 59 wickets from 40 limited-overs games (ODIs and T20Is) and has also snapped 46 scalps from 47 IPL matches.last_img read more

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Steve Smith and David Warner may play final two ODIs vs Pakistan in UAE

first_imgSteve Smith and David Warner could be in line for an immediate return to the Australian team when their bans expire midway through the upcoming one-day international (ODI) series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.The five match Pakistan series will be held from March 22-31, Pakistan’s Cricket Board said.Smith and Warner, who were banned for their roles in last year’s Cape Town ball-tampering scandal, are eligible for selection again on March 29, meaning they can be called up for the fourth ODI against Pakistan.Australia face Pakistan in the first ODI in Sharjah on March 22, with the second match scheduled for two days later at the same venue.The teams will then move to Abu Dhabi for the third match on March 27, with the final two games in Dubai on March 29 and 31.The confirmation of dates for the Pakistan series also gives Australian players with lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts a measure of clarity, as players called up for the series will not be immediately released for the IPL.The 2019 season of the IPL is scheduled to begin late March, with Australian players selected for the Pakistan series expected to be unavailable until April 2 at the earliest.Also Read | 2019 ICC World Cup: Australia will be one of the main contenders, says Ricky PontingAlso Read | It would be crazy not to include Steve Smith and David Warner in World Cup squad: LangerAlso Read | Tim Paine hopes Steve Smith and David Warner will be welcomed back after their bans endadvertisementlast_img read more

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South Africa need to take inspiration from England for ODI resurgence: Jacques Kallis

first_imgFormer Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis has urged the current South African team to take inspiration from England in a bid to revive their ODI performance following their early stage exit from the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales.Pakistan defeated South Africa by 49 runs at the Lord’s on Sunday to knock Faf du Plessis’ men out of the competition. Despite having world-class players like du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla in their squad, the Proteas’ journey in the ongoing tournament has been something which they would like to forget at the earliest.However, Kallis believes South Africa should take heart from the way England recovered after suffering an equally woeful first-round exit in the 2015 edition of the World Cup. England are currently ranked number one in the ODIs and are the tournament favourites in this edition of the showpiece event.”South Africa need to take inspiration from England as they rebuild their team for the next ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup,” wrote Kallis in his column for ICC.”Four years ago, England were perhaps one of the lowest ranked teams in the world after really struggling at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.”However, they used the disappointment of their performances in 2015 to rebuild their team and totally change their mentality and approach to one-day cricket.”England now play without fear and aren’t afraid to make mistakes. For me, South Africa have approached things too defensively at this tournament and they need to attack each match with much more positivity going forward,” he added.advertisement”England are proof of how quickly things can change in four years, so long as you have the right approach.”The 43-year-old also advised the South African team management to not go for all-round changes in the squad.”You don’t need to make wholesale changes, England are still captained by Eoin Morgan, as they were four years ago,” said Kallis.”Some will demand everything is changed but a total clean out is just not the way ahead, we need to be more thoughtful,” he added.The South African team will aim to restore some lost pride in the remaining two games of the ongoing showpiece event against Sri Lanka (Friday) and Australia (July 6).Also Read | World Cup 2019: Wanted to commit suicide after defeat to India, says Pakistan coach Mickey ArthurAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Bangladesh not a one-man army, says Shakib Al Hasanlast_img read more

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Dash to the cross line

first_imgYou stopped explaining a long time ago. You got a job, bought cars, sneakers, saris, paid off the loans your father had accumulated. You built a life without explanation and it was enough. And on the tracks, the world saw a girl, who wasn’t very tall, leaning into the wind, sprinting to the cross line. Like a bullet fired.At some point you wanted to own a decent pair of clothes and shoes, eat good food and have a pucca house. You wore your school dress a light blue frock the school had given everywhere. You could afford no dreams back then. Then you started running because your sister told you your only chance to get a job was through the sports quota barefoot by the river in a village in Odisha, on the streets and then wherever you could. You sold uplas (cowdung fuel) to dhabas for a meagre Rs 5, which you gave to your father to buy vegetables to eat with rice.Your sister said education wasn’t going to help poor people like you. Now you are grown up, and famous. You are Dutee Chand, who is India’s fastest woman. When I ask you how many sneakers you own, you laugh. “Maybe 20,” you say.Once your elder sister travelled two hours by bus to buy you a pair of shoes. You only had a pair of rubber slippers and you were afraid if you ran in them, they would break. “They are making a film on me. I can’t tell everything about my childhood,” she says, laughing. But she says she was afraid of tigers and ghosts. Her elder sister had named her Durga but her grandmother insisted her name be Dutee.advertisementIt was a hard life in Chakagopalpur, 85 km north of Bhubaneswar. Born to Chakradhar and Akhuji, a weaver couple, she was one of seven children. There was never enough food. In 2013, she bought her first pair of Adidas shoes, saris and salwar kurtas that she always wanted to. She paid off her father’s loan of Rs. 2 lakhs, started to build a house for them, and then went on to buy 15 cars, including a BMW, Ford Eco Sports and a third one which was a gift from Mahindra Group. “I love cars.” she says. But she sold off the other 12 as she must build herself a house and maybe live with her partner.The photo of a doll with rainbow coloured braids she posted with the medal on social media after her victory on social media saying no matter how much they would pull her down, she would come back stronger, was symbolic. On July 10, she clocked 11.32 seconds and won the gold at the World University Games in Naples and became the only second Indian sprinter to win a gold in an international event after Hima Das.In May, she had declared she was in a same-sex relationship with a woman from her village. Her coming out was hailed as a watershed moment in the history of Indian sports where she became the first openly “gay” athlete. “I did it because my sister Saraswati was harassing me saying she would tell everyone.”The Asian Games medallist said she had been in a relationship with a girl who she calls “saathi” since 2017. After her mother and sister turned against her, Chand has held steadfast to her statement nobody can live without love. The 23-year-old is currently training in Hyderabad for the World Championships to be held in Doha in September-October.”But my life has never been without controversies,” she says. It was in 2014 when they almost called her a “boy” with the “gender test” and banned her citing her high testosterone levels because of a clinical condition called hyperandrogenism. She appealed the verdict at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). At five-feet Chand was suspiciously fast. Competitors and coaches told the federation her physique seemed masculine. She won a landmark case.And now, the South African Olympic champion Caster Semeny faces the same ordeal at CAS in Lausanne, that dismissed Semenya’s appeal against the International Association of Athletics Federation’s (IAAF) rules which require female athletes with higher testosterone levels to regulate their condition by taking suppressive treatment or medication if they wish to compete as females in 400m, 800m and 1500m. Chand has offered her the support of her legal team. “I emailed her and she has agreed. Jim Bunting had fought my case.”Once, you thought just being able to hold down a job and survive on your own added up to a good life. And now, you will return to your state to manage and train sprinters at the Kiit and Kiss Foundation Dutee Chand Athletic Academy in Bhuvneshwar.advertisement”I want to live freely,” you say. “I will stay with my partner.”last_img read more

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HARD ROCK CASINO HIRES NEW GENERAL MANAGER

first_imgSioux City’s Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has a new general manager.Jim Franke has returned to Sioux City to take over from Todd Moyer as the casino head.Franke has 25 years of experience in the gaming industry including working for the Belle of Sioux City Riverboat Casino in the late 1990s.He spent seven years with the Argosy Gaming Company, at one point holding the role of director of operations for the Belle of Sioux City.Most recently, Franke worked as the senior vice president of operations and general manager with Warner Hospitality based in Las Vegas.He also spent 14 years leading the Ameristar Casino Resort Spa in St. Charles, Missouri.last_img read more

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Troubling Update For Tonight’s National Title Game Crowd

first_imgan alabama cheerleader on the field at the college football playoffNEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Alabama Crimson Tide cheerleader performs prior to the AllState Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The crowd for tonight’s College Football Playoff national title game might not be one of the best we’ve seen for a major college football game.Ticket prices for tonight’s Alabama-Clemson game have been dropping on all of the reseller sites. There’s been talk of the stadium potentially being not 100 percent full.A college football reporter outside of the stadium tonight has done nothing to suggest this isn’t true.Matt Connolly, a reporter for The State, says the hype just isn’t there.“Not exactly a surprise but this is by far the least buzz outside the stadium for a playoff game that I can recall,” he tweeted.Not exactly a surprise but this is by far the least buzz outside the stadium for a playoff game that I can recall.— Matt Connolly (@MattatTheState) January 7, 2019The game is not in an ideal location, as neither Alabama nor Clemson have a significant part of their fan base located in California.Keith Urban is supposed to be on stage soon performing for this raucous crowd. pic.twitter.com/lCYe1kLxAL— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 7, 2019Hopefully the game is better than the crowd is expected to be.Alabama and Clemson are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ESPN.last_img read more

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Your Spring Break Grooming Survival Kit

first_imgThe key to spring break is traveling light. It’s possible and even economical to fit everything you need into a carry on bag. You’ll save the checked baggage fees and be the first off the plane when you pack these TSA size approved grooming products.Buy a travel kitTravel kits are a great way to try products you aren’t already using. They may cost a little more but most are still priced less than checking your bag. JOE Grooming has you covered with Daily Shampoo, Daily Conditioner, Grooming Cream, Shave, Moisturizer and One, a head to toe body cleanser. All six products come in a travel bag to avoid anything spilling on your favorite party shirt.Take a razorIf you can grow some decent scruff than by all means give your skin a break and skip the daily shaving routine. But, if your beard grows in patches you’ll have more luck with the ladies if you shave. Fusion ProShield Flexball Razor will help you get every hair.Wear sunscreenTo avoid a bad burn, apply sunscreen in your hotel room before hitting the pool or beach. Take your time and get all the hard to reach spots. If the weather is amazing a travel size sunscreen probably won’t get you through the week but it’s a good start. Get a stick instead of a lotion, as there is no TSA size limit because it’s in a solid form. Neutrogena CoolDry Sport Sunscreen Stick Broad Spectrum SPF 50+. Don’t forget Blistex Medicated Mint Lip Balm with SPF 15 to keep your kisser protected and fresh.Freshen your breathNothing feels better than brushing your teeth after a big night out. Clean up your party mouth with this 3 in 1 dental travel pack from Dr. Fresh. It includes a travel size Scope mouthwash, Crest Toothpaste and a toothbrush for only $259! Pick up a spare for an unexpected overnight guest or a forgetful frat bro.Stay coolKeep your pits feeling dry and fresh with up AXE Night Antiperspirant Stick.  This fresh scent of wild lavender, spicy cardamom and sweet praline is not the AXE you sprayed all over your high school locker room. This new antiperspirant will keep you dry and the sophisticated fragrance will have you smelling like a well traveled man of legal drinking age. Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Editors’ Recommendations Taxa Outdoors’ Rugged Mantis Travel Trailer Just Got Even Better last_img read more

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More Radon Testing for Public Buildings

first_imgThe second round of testing for radon gas, part of a five-year program, is underway for almost 2,000 public buildings. Public housing, schools, health care facilities and provincial buildings are among the buildings selected for testing as part of the province’s efforts to comply with the new national guideline for radon in indoor air, announced in February 2007. Pat Wall, chair of the interdepartmental advisory group on radon said tests are being conducted as part of the province’s proactive approach to radon management. “Nova Scotia is leading most of Canada with our testing program and public awareness on this important health issue,” said Mr. Wall. “We want to be sure that public buildings meet the guideline and that homeowners are aware they should test their homes for radon.” Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer, said students and staff in public buildings are not at risk for short-term health concerns, but emphasized the need for Nova Scotians to test their homes. “A lifetime exposure to high levels of radon can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer, especially for smokers,” said Dr. Strang. Radon is a naturally occurring, odourless and colourless radioactive soil gas that is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The risk of lung cancer increases when people are exposed to high levels over a lifetime. Radon does not pose an immediate health risk. Typically, radon seeps into buildings through cracks and openings in foundations. Whether a nearby building tests below the national radon exposure guideline, all property owners are encouraged to test their homes or buildings, and to reduce radon levels where necessary. Radon concentrations can vary between neighbouring properties. In large buildings it can also vary from room to room. A list of buildings being tested is available at www.gov.ns.ca/enla/airlandwater/radon.asp .last_img read more

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Sea lion drags little girl off a Vancouverarea dock

first_imgA startling video of an incident on a fisherman’s wharf in Richmond BC is making the rounds on social media.The footage, on YouTube, shows a group of people watching a sea lion play near a dock, and when a young girl sits down, the creature suddenly jumps up and grabs her.The video also clearly shows someone feeding bread crumbs to the sea lion before the incident.The creature comes close and then jumps up, grabs the child’s dress and pulls her into the water.A man immediately jumps in after her as the creature immediately releases her.The crowd pulled the pair back up on the dock safely and the little girl was whisked away by another adult.The video, posted by Michael Fujiwara, has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.last_img read more

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Alcohol policies fizzle for Canadian governments as harms overflow reports

first_imgVICTORIA — Two studies say the federal and provincial governments must do more to reduce alcohol consumption after determining it is now more damaging than tobacco use.As part of the Canadian Alcohol Policy Evaluation project, researchers graded the federal, provincial and territorial governments on policy efforts to reduce alcohol-related harms.Tim Stockwell, director with the University of Victoria’s Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research, says the federal government earned a 38 per cent grade while the provinces and territories collectively achieved 44 per cent.He says Ontario scored the highest with a C, while British Columbia following closely behind with a D-plus.But Stockwell says Premier Doug Ford’s move to lower the price of alcohol with his “buck-a-beer” legislation is sending Ontario backwards.Norman Geisbrecht, a senior scientist at the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, says while the impact of alcohol is more noticeable in accidents, behaviour and certain chronic diseases, there may also be an indirect impact on people’s mental health. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Chelsea Clinton Helps Start A StarStudded Flash Flood For Good

first_imgWhat do President Bill Clinton, Morgan Freeman, Justin Bieber, Scarlett Johansson and Ozzy Osbourne have in common? They are among the people using their social media channels to encourage their followers to support the Flash Flood for Good campaign.Video: Flash Flood For Good | World VisionFlash Flood for Good is a three-day social media call to action to raise awareness and funds for children to receive clean water, a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. Participants are encouraged to donate $10 – either online or through a mobile device – to provide clean drinking water to a child for a year.Chelsea Clinton officially launched Flash Flood for Good during her remarks at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. For the next three days, a number of celebrity endorsers have committed to posting multiple messages on their social networks.World Vision is the exclusive beneficiary of the funds generated through the campaign, which will support water projects in Rwanda, Myanmar and Ethiopia. Procter & Gamble will work with World Vision to provide clean drinking water in each of these countries through P&G’s water purification packets, which transform dirty and dangerous water into clean drinking water within 30 minutes.Celebrity advocates invite the public to visit and join www.flashfloodforgood.org so they can swell the tide for Flash Flood for Good by adding their digital voice to the call to action. Every person who donates their social media channels during the three-day campaign can help positively impact the lives of children urgently in need of clean, safe drinking water.Already dubbed “We Are The Digital World,” Flash Flood For Good has garnered the support and social media feeds of Justin Bieber, Hugh Jackman, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pitbull, Kevin Bacon, Sky Blu, James Blunt, Blush, Jeff Bridges, Colbie Caillat, Celine Dion, Hilary Duff, Melissa Etheridge, Morgan Freeman, The Game, Whoopi Goldberg, Bob Guiney, Arsenio Hall, LL Cool J, Scarlett Johansson, Juanes, Dave Koz, Drew Lachey, Nick Lachey, Cyndi Lauper, Florida Georgia Line, Alana Lee, Limp Bizkit, Austin Mahone, Matthew McConaughey, Mac Miller, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Psy, Megadeth, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Alejandro Sanz, Jeff Timmons, Robin Thicke, Rob Thomas, Louis Van Amstel, 98 Degrees and others.Flash Flood for Good is expected to reach more than 400 million people across various social networks. This initiative will focus the attention of global leaders, NGOs, academics, celebrities, private sector partners, corporate brands and the general public on the need for clean drinking water worldwide.Nearly 2,000 children die each day from diarrhea caused by unsafe water – more than killed by HIV/AIDS and malaria combined.In just the last two years, World Vision has quadrupled its capacity to provide clean water in the developing world, making it the largest non-profit, non-governmental provider of clean water in rural areas worldwide.World Vision now reaches a new person with clean drinking water every 30 seconds.The scaling up is part of World Vision’s “For Every Child” campaign, which will reach more than 6 million people with clean water, spending $400 million in a five-year period. Water is one critical element of World Vision’s comprehensive, holistic development program.In August, President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton visited a World Vision project in Rwanda for a first-hand look at the P&G water purification packets and the transformative effect of World Vision’s development program.last_img read more

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Former military intelligence head Amal Karunasekara further remanded

Former military intelligence head Major General (Retired) Amal Karunasekara, who was arrested by the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over investigations into the abduction and assault on journalist Keith Noyahr, has been further remanded till May 2nd.Major General Karunasekara was accused of being involved in the 2008 abduction of the then Associate Editor of The Nation, Keith Noyahr and was remanded till today. Major General Karunasekara was detained at the Military Hospital where he was receiving treatment earlier this month and was remanded till today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Did The Packers Squander Aaron Rodgers

IND9.810.1HOU98.22.423.61515 Although the Packers hadn’t replaced a coach at midseason since 1953, Sunday’s loss forced their hand. Now they’ll need to figure out who’s next, from a candidate list that includes big names among both pro coordinators (Josh McDaniels) and up-and-coming college coaches (Lincoln Riley). They’ll also need to hope Rodgers’s issues were more related to McCarthy’s offense and less to his getting older and less productive — basically, that the next Packer coach will be more Mike Shanahan to Rodgers’s John Elway than Jimmy Johnson to his Dan Marino. So while the Packers may not have much on the line over the rest of their games, this promises to be the most interesting offseason Green Bay has had since Favre was retiring and unretiring more than a decade ago.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersMake sure to check out FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings using our NFL prediction interactive, which simulates the rest of the season 100,000 times and tracks how often each team should make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. And did you know you can also pick against the Elo algorithm in our prediction game? Maybe you can also climb up our giant leaderboard (or, if you’re like me, fall down it with each passing week).Here are the games in which Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the reader picks last week: Rodgers hasn’t won as much as he should haveTop 10 NFL starting quarterbacks by Yards Above Backup QB, 1990-2017, with their actual and expected Super Bowl appearances PIT62PIT54LAC 33, PIT 30+6.7– 1Peyton Manning1721,58544.15-0.15 PHI28.324.2DAL81.119.451.01578 3Drew Brees1617,25012.89-1.89 KC83KC89KC 40, OAK 33+0.4– Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. 6Ben Roethlisberger1410,94531.35+1.65 CAR17.89.9CLE0.30.422.01454 8Steve Young810,02211.65-0.65 4Brett Favre1913,04721.86+0.14 Over time, it became more and more difficult for the Packers to come within striking distance of the Super Bowl. In 2015, Rodgers slumped to career-worst numbers without top wideout Jordy Nelson, though the team as a whole was still good enough to get to the divisional playoffs before losing. In 2016, it was more of the same when Rodgers mused that Green Bay could still “run the table” — sparking an eight-game winning streak that saw the QB return to vintage form and left the Packers a win away from the Super Bowl.4Though their defense was shredded by Matt Ryan and the Falcons for 493 yards, ending the streak. By then Rodgers was 34 years old, so a sense of urgency was setting in when 2017 came and went without a playoff berth — even though that could be written off as the byproduct of Rodgers missing nine starts.The 2018 season was always going to be the real crossroads for McCarthy. With a healthy Rodgers leading the way, the Pack could always count on contending in the past, so this year’s expectations were no different. But Rodgers’s numbers have been merely good, not great. Brett Hundley isn’t around anymore to take any blame. And unlike in 2015, when Green Bay was talented enough to survive despite a downturn in its QB’s individual stats, there has been no answer from the team’s supporting cast this time around. It all came crashing down around McCarthy in the loss to Arizona as 13½-point favorites, Green Bay’s single most disappointing defeat since the merger according to Pro-Football-Reference’s point-spread data.We can visualize the Packers’ decline over McCarthy’s final few years at the helm using FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings. Specifically, I’ve been tinkering with an experimental version of Elo that keeps a separate adjustment for the primary QB in each game, similar to how we treat starting pitchers in our MLB ratings.5For those curious, it uses what I’m calling a QB’s Performance Value Added (PVA). That metric starts with an estimate of a primary QB’s value over replacement (according to ESPN’s expected-points data) in a game:PVA = -2.2*Attempts + 3.7*Completions + (Pass Yds / 5) + 11.3*Pass TDs – 14.1*Interceptions – 8*Sacks – 1.1*Rushes + 0.6*Rush Yds + 15.9*Rush TDsIt then compares that number to the per-game average allowed by the opposing defense in all other games that season (excluding the game in question). By definition, an average PVA is 0.0. Then a running mean of PVA is kept for both teams and individual QBs, which is used to modify the team’s base rating depending on which QB is used. (Interestingly, the predictions work best when the individual ratings update slightly faster than the team ones, which suggest QB “hot streaks” do contain extra information.) Debut QBs are assigned an expected PVA of -47, and they reduce a team’s effective Elo rating by 108 points relative to an average QB. Using this, we can trace how a team’s performance rises and falls independent of its QB — which is useful in cases like 2017, when Rodgers was hurt and Hundley started nine games. (For instance, by season’s end, the Packers would have projected to be a 1529 Elo team with Rodgers starting — compared to a 1427 team with Hundley. And remember, 1500 is average.) HOU77HOU69HOU 29, CLE 13-6.6– LAC96.03.6CIN0.91.39.11504 Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup. Total Change adds up the potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league (not just the two teams listed).*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 13Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 13 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game Playoff %Playoff % The dismissal of Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy — who was let go after the Packers’ stunning home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday — wasn’t exactly a shock. Perennially tabbed as a Super Bowl contender out of the NFC, McCarthy’s team had gone just 11-16-1 over the past two seasons, including a disappointing 8-9-1 in games that featured future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers as Green Bay’s primary passer.1Meaning he led the team in attempts for the game. It was time for a change along the sidelines that Vince Lombardi once roamed.Things weren’t always so bleak on the frozen tundra. The McCarthy era had its high points, particularly early on — when he and Rodgers appeared to have Green Bay positioned on the cusp of a potential dynasty. But between postseason near-misses, roster changes, injuries and coaching miscues, McCarthy’s Packers never fulfilled that promise. Instead, it’s fair to wonder whether Green Bay squandered the prime of one of the most talented QBs in NFL history.The Packers team that McCarthy inherited in 2006 from Mike Sherman2Because every Packer coach must be named “Mike”. was one in transition — and that meant navigating some heavy-duty Brett Favre melodrama in his first two seasons at Green Bay’s helm. However, McCarthy quickly found that he had an all-time great on his hands in Rodgers, who, when he took over the starting job at age 25, was just entering his best years as a passer. The McCarthy-Rodgers marriage sputtered to a 6-10 finish in its first season but yielded great results shortly thereafter: an 11-5 playoff campaign in Year 2, then a Super Bowl crown in Year 3 and a 15-1 regular season (with Rodgers winning MVP) in Year 4. The sky seemed to be the limit for McCarthy and his star QB.Since the end of the 2011 regular season, however, the Packers have gone just 5-6 in the playoffs; by comparison, Tom Brady and the postseason Patriots are 13-5 over the same span. Green Bay’s record includes a crushing home defeat against the New York Giants two weeks after that 15-1 season ended and another loss in which they watched helplessly as ex-49er Colin Kaepernick destroyed their defense in 2012 — still one of the greatest individual QB games in playoff history. The Packers’ postseason circumstances have not always been ideal: For instance, that Giants game was actually the only time since 2011 that Green Bay lost in the playoffs while favored — meaning the rest of the losses were as underdogs. But at the same time, the Pack have also had clear chances to return to the Super Bowl, and they came up short in each of them.All told, it remains mystifying that a quarterback of Rodgers’s stature hasn’t won more frequently. If we run a simple logit regression between a QB’s Yards Above Backup in a season and whether his team made the Super Bowl,3Minimum six starts during the season, using data since 1990 (the era of the current playoff setup). we’d expect Rodgers to have made 1.86 Super Bowls in his career through 2017 — roughly twice as many as he’s actually been to. (Meanwhile, other contemporary QBs — such as Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning and even Brady — have gone to more than twice as many Super Bowls as we’d expect from their individual stats.) BAL65.0%+/-15.1KC100.0%+/-0.031.81628 TB1.72.0NO100.00.06.91570 9Matt Ryan108,25111.14-0.14 DEN20.911.1SF0.00.024.71427 LAR68LAR79LAR 30, DET 16+4.1– CHI69CHI72NYG 30, CHI 27-6.1– TEN78TEN72TEN 26, NYJ 22-4.4– TEN18.910.6JAX0.10.121.91478 GB73GB79ARI 20, GB 17-10.5– PIT83.811.0OAK0.00.023.71453 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 1990 was the first season of the NFL’s current playoff format. Expected Super Bowls are based on a season-by-season logit regression between a QB’s Yards Above Backup and whether his team made the Super Bowl.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com MIN59.719.9SEA87.711.841.41572 GB1.41.3ATL1.11.25.51469 7Philip Rivers1210,72101.54-1.54 MIA6.67.4NE99.70.516.21537 Super Bowls Made NE67NE65NE 24, MIN 10-3.8– 10Tony Romo98,19201.11-1.11 IND51IND62JAX 6, IND 0-14.0– NO64NO74DAL 13, NO 10-15.3– CIN52%DEN59%DEN 24, CIN 10+8.5– CHI94.44.3LAR100.00.010.81615 BUF0.00.0NYJ0.00.02.41377 PHI69PHI66PHI 28, WSH 13-4.1– After a series of narrow wins at midseason, the algorithm handed the readers their worst loss (-55.2 points on average) since Week 3. Some of the blame can go to the subject of this column — the Green Bay Packers, whose loss not only cost Mike McCarthy his job but also cost users 10.5 points on average. But readers were also burned by the Jaguars’ win over the Colts and the Cowboys’ upset victory over the Saints. Add it up, and Elo has beaten the average reader 12 times in 13 weeks this season.But congrats to Mike Edelstein, who led all users in Week 13 with 137.0 points, and to one of my favorite leaderboard names, Greg Chili Van Hollebeke, who maintained his No. 1 ranking on the season with 1,002.1 points. Thanks to everyone who has been playing — and if you haven’t, be sure to get in on the action! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 5Aaron Rodgers1010,98811.86-0.86 CAR59CAR64TB 24, CAR 17-7.8– WSH26.411.7NYG0.10.124.91435 The best matchups of Week 14Week 14 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for all NFL teams’ playoff chances based on the result, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions ATL53ATL50BAL 26, ATL 16+1.5– Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS DET0.30.3ARI0.00.04.21412 2Tom Brady1619,73583.63+4.37 SEA83SEA83SEA 43, SF 16-1.5– MIA58MIA57MIA 21, BUF 17-2.3– QuarterbackYears StartingYARDS Above BackupActualExpectedDiff. At the beginning of 2015, the Packers had an effective Elo of 1622, which included a 73-point boost from having Rodgers at QB and a 49-point boost from his teammates. By the end of the year, Green Bay’s effective Elo was still in the same neighborhood (1597), despite Rodgers’s adjustment actually dropping to negative 11, because the rest of the team carried a larger share of the weight (+108). Meanwhile, at the peak of the Packers’ run-the-table surge in 2016, the team’s 1657 effective Elo arose out of a 61-point boost from Rodgers and 97 additional points (relative to league average) from the rest of the team.But fast-forward to now, and it’s clear how much the Packers have crumbled around Rodgers. His own adjustment is 16 points of Elo above an average QB, the lowest it’s been since Week 10 of the 2016 season. But he’s still expected to be above average; his supporting cast, by contrast, has fallen to a negative-67 score relative to the average team. That’s the worst they have been in Rodgers’s entire NFL career, and it isn’t especially close. Keeping QB play constant, the Packers’ Elo has dropped by a total of 139 points since the end of the 2016 season, which is essentially the difference in current Elo ratings of the 11-1 Los Angeles Rams and the 6-6 Carolina Panthers.The reasons for the slide are varied, but many can be traced back to a series of poor drafts under former general manager Ted Thompson, who was replaced by current front-office chief Brian Gutekunst in January. As Sports Illustrated’s Kalyn Kahler pointed out last week, only three of Green Bay’s 17 draftees from 2014 and 2015 remain on the current roster. While no team can avoid dry spells in the NFL draft if given enough time, the Packers also — largely by design — did little in the way of enlisting outside help as a backup plan.6In addition to the lack of starters from recent drafts, only two of the team’s current starters were drafted by a team other than Green Bay. Again, this was the byproduct of the Packers’ religious devotion to drafting and developing their own prospects, but that plan only really works when you draft well. Combine those infrastructural problems with criticisms of McCarthy’s offensive scheme (criticisms of a perceived lack of innovation that Rodgers apparently shared), plus legitimate complaints about Rodgers’s own decline in performance, and a season like this was bound to happen to Green Bay sooner or later.Even so, it came contrary to preseason predictions. Going into the schedule, you might have penciled in this week’s matchup against the Atlanta Falcons as a marquee game with playoff implications. Instead, it will be the third-worst game of the week, according to our combination of matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and game importance (how likely it is to swing every team’s odds of making the playoffs):7A little note is in order here, to explain how these game importance ratings are now calculated. All season long, I have been crunching the numbers on how a given game affects the two teams involved. But this week, with the playoffs on the horizon and certain matchups taking on more importance because of their outside implications, I changed the formula to add up a game’s potential swing in playoff odds for every team in the league — including those not participating in the game itself. read more

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E coli évitez de consommer des graines germées crues

first_imgE. coli : évitez de consommer des graines germées cruesLes autorités françaises recommandent ce mercredi de ne pas consommer de graines germées crues, après la contamination à la bactérie E. coli à Bordeaux. Un communiqué commun a été publié en ce sens par la Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes et la Direction générale de la santé.”Seule la cuisson à haute température permet de tuer les bactéries comme l’E.Coli”, ont tenu à rappeler, dans un communiqué commun, la Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes (DGCCRF) et la Direction générale de la santé (DGS). Les autorités françaises conseillent donc aux consommateurs de ne pas manger de graines germées crues pour éviter toute contamination. Elles recommandent également “de bien nettoyer après usage les ustensiles utilisés pour la germination des graines ou leur préparation culinaire, et de toujours se laver les mains après avoir manipulé des graines”.Dix personnes, souffrant de diarrhées sanglantes ou de complications, sont actuellement hospitalisées à Bordeaux. L’AFP indique que l’une de ces personnes aurait consommé des graines germées le 14 juin, et au moins six autres sur des soupes le 8 juin lors d’une kermesse dans un centre de loisirs à Bègles, en Gironde. L’agence de presse précise que l’enquête menée à Bordeaux “s’oriente vers la mise en évidence que la consommation de graines germées crues seraient la source de la contamination par l’E.Coli”.Le 29 juin 2011 à 15:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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The New Mutants Trailer Brings Horror to the XMen Universe

first_img 11 Mutants We Want to See on The GiftedComics We’re Excited For In 2018 Over the last couple of years, the X-Men movies have been experimenting with what they can bring to the superhero genre. Since Disney is doing the whole comics-style connected story thing with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox is using their X-Men franchise to expand the definition of what a superhero movie can be. First, Deadpool turned it into a raunchy, meta-textual comedy. Logan took it into near-future dystopian sci-fi. Now, New Mutants is making a horror movie out of the genre.Even knowing ahead of time that they were trying to make this one a horror movie, I’m still surprised by how legitimately scary this looks. If most horror movies can’t manage a scare without somehow taking away everyone’s cell phone, how is one going to manage it when the characters have actual superpowers?That’s always been the beauty of X-Men, though. Even with their extraordinary abilities, they’re still human. When they’re as young as the characters in this movie, they typically don’t even understand their abilities yet, nor can they control them. If handled right, it could be a great recipe for horror. Not only is something unexplainable after you, but you can’t even trust your own body.The movie stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor Joy, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga and Blu Hunt. It will center on a group of young mutants who are being held in a secret government facility. From the looks of the trailer, the government researchers are doing all kinds of messed up things to these kids. The only question is, how much of what we see is the facility’s doing, and how much is being caused by the kids’ own mutant abilities?New Mutants (via Marvel)The plot and style of this movie looks like a departure from the comics series it’s based on, which was much more in line with a traditional X-Men comic. The original series launched in the 1980s was a superhero action series starring teenage mutants. At the time, they were filling the space left by the original X-Men who had since aged into adulthood. Being a series about teenagers, inter-personal conflict was as much a part of the story as whatever villain they were fighting. As they aged and were recruited by Cable, that New Mutants series eventually turned into X-Force. Say… There is an X-Force movie in development. Could that be what this is leading up to?Despite the drastically different plot, the movie will reportedly be faithful to the comics in some way. During an interview with HeyUGuys, star Anya Taylor Joy mentioned that director Josh Boone is a big fan of the original comics.“He’s just such a fan of the comics, and he really loves them so much that he’s really interested in just making sure that we do the comics justice for the people that love the characters. You know, we all feel so lucky to be such incredibly loved characters.” She said. “So, while it’s definitely a departure from the X-Men movies, the fans won’t be disappointed. We definitely kept all the important bits in there.”The New Mutants is due out in theaters on April 13, 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Truck hauling snowmobiles wrecks on slippery roads

first_imgTwo snowmobiles rest beside state Highway 14 on the east end of Washougal early Saturday. Christopher Piche of Battle Ground reported that he was hauling the machines on a trailer behind his pickup, driving east for a day of snowmobiling near Mount Adams with his wife, Jolene Jolma, when he hit a patch of ice and skidded across the westbound lane and onto the shoulder. The machines were thrown off the trailer and sailed over the pickup to the verge. Piche and Jolma were uninjured.last_img

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Home buyers money diverted illegally to MS Dhoni wifes firm

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court has observed that Amrapali homebuyers’ money has been diverted illegally to Rhiti Sports Management, the company of former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his wife, Sakshi Dhoni. The observation by justices Arun Mishra and UU Lalit came on Tuesday, while cancelling the real estate company Amrapali Group’s Real Estate Regulatory Authority’s licence and appointed state-run National Buildings Construction Corp Ltd (NBCC) to complete all pending projects. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The bench has noted that the Amrapali Group of Companies paid some Rs 42.22 crore to Rhiti Sports Management between 2009 and 2015. Of this, Rs 6.52 crore was paid by Amrapali Sapphire Developers Pvt Ltd. The sum was paid on account of agreements executed by Anil Kumar Sharma, CMD of Amrapali Group of Companies, with Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd. Also Read – Inter-departmental coordination can help win fight against malnutrition: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Advertise With Us However, the court noted that there was no resolution on record authorizing Sharma to enter into an agreement on behalf of all of Amrapali group of Companies. The court pointed out other various agreements endorsed between the companies on November 22, 2009, according to which Dhoni will make himself available to the Chairmen for three days along with one representative of Rhiti Sports. Advertise With Us According to the Agreement for sponsorship dated March 20, 2015, Amrapali Group of Companies got the right to advertise as Logo Space at various places in the IPL 2015 for Chennai Super Kings. “It is observed that this agreement is on plain paper and executed only between Amrapali and Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd and there are no signatories on behalf of Chennai Super Kings to this agreement,” the court noted. No resolution in favour of Arun Pandey, Signatory of Rhiti Sports, is attached with the agreement. “This clearly shows that these agreements have just been made for payment of amounts to Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd Co are sham agreements and made just for making payments to Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd,” the court said. “We feel that home buyers money has been diverted illegally and wrongly to Rhiti Sports Management Pvt Ltd and should be recovered from them as the said agreement in our opinion do not stand the test of law.” Dhoni was a brand ambassador for Amrapali Group until three years ago. Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Singh was then a Director of Amrapali Mahi Developers Pvt Ltd, a company incorporated for developing a project in Ranchi. An MoU was also entered between the parties though the court was not provided a copy of that. The court said in its order that in Amrapali Sapphire Developers Pvt Ltd, a flat had been booked in the name of Rhiti Sports by passing an adjustment entry. However Sanjay Pandey of Rhiti Sports denied booking any such flat. Pandey also confirmed that neither the company nor any individual had any flat in Amrapali Group.last_img read more

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